Community Effort Set to End Wild Turkey Feeding

image002RED LODGE – Though Red Lodge city ordinances prohibit people from feeding wild animals, some residents continue to supply food for a flock of wild turkeys. The result is an unnatural, unhealthy concentration of turkeys in town.

City officials are asking all Red Lodge residents to help disperse the turkeys into a more natural setting by discontinuing feeding in town. Even people who are not putting food in their yards need to help their neighbors understand the consequences of illegally feeding wildlife.

Those consequences include a flock of turkeys that is dependent on unnatural food sources, possible avian diseases resulting from the unnatural concentration, bird droppings in places frequented by residents and pets, and possible attraction of bears, deer, lions and other unintended wildlife. Legal consequences may include written warnings from city police and fines of $100 to $300.

Without artificial food sources, wild turkeys normally would not stay in town. They would naturally disperse into more rural environs to find food and shelter.

In the past few years, Red Lodge homes and many businesses installed bear-proof garbage cans, which removed a significant food source for bears. As a result, bears no longer find food easily available in Red Lodge, so they forage in the forests. Conflicts between bears and people have declined noticeably. Red Lodge officials want to see the same results with turkeys.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks biologists and game wardens, Red Lodge Mayor Ed Williams and Police Chief Steve Hibler have agreed to cooperate with Red Lodge residents in an effort to end feeding so the wild turkeys will disperse into their natural rural habitat.

 

-FWP-

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Fire Restrictions Lifted at Stillwater County Fishing Access Sites

image002BILLINGS — Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has rescinded restrictions on campfires and smoking at its fishing access sites in Stillwater County.

In July, FWP followed Stillwater County’s lead and imposed Stage I fire restrictions at its properties. Under Stage I restrictions, campfires were banned at fishing access sites and smoking was limited to vehicles, buildings and areas cleared of vegetation.

After a week of rain, high relative humidity, cool temperatures and predictions of snow, Stillwater County officials found that the danger of wildfire had decreased to the point where they could rescind the restrictions. The change takes effect immediately.

All fire restrictions now have been lifted in south central Montana..

 

-FWP-

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Camp Make a Dream Tournament

campCamp Make a Dream tournament held at Canyon Ferry Lake August 2, 2014. 36 teams signed up to fish the tournament. Becky Heil and Henry Yager fished as a team and Greg Heil and Bobby Rausch fished as a team. Henry caught an 18 1/4 ” Walleye and that was the biggest fish caught amongst the PikeMasters fishing the tournament. Lots of dinks… I think it was a 23″ walleye that won the tournament. Clay Buckmiller and Rob Marshall were there Friday evening for the barbeque and rules meeting, mingling and selling hats, T-shirts, PikeMaster lures, and memberships. Couple new members signed up and a couple items sold. It was a very warm weekend with little wind.
Sunday Greg, Becky, and Bobby went out fishing before heading home. It took a while and trying different things but we did catch a few small walleyes we could bring home. Greg had a couple of baby walleye that inhaled the hooks and couldn’t be returned. As Bobby said a half a bite of fish. We caught walleye, some perch, and Bobby caught a nice Rainbow trout.

It was a good weekend and a fun tournament!

 

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FWP Looking for Information on Stillwater Poaching

image002BILLINGS — Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks game wardens are offering a reward for information about a mule deer buck that was killed illegally south of Columbus over the weekend.

Game warden Paul Luepke said the mule deer buck was shot illegally sometime late Saturday or earlySunday on private land eight miles south of Columbus. The poacher removed most of the meat, but left the head and antlers, he said.

FWP is offering a reward of as much as $1,000 for information leading to a conviction of the persons responsible for the illegal kill.

Anyone with information about the crimes is encouraged to call Luepke at (406) 690-8888 or FWP’s 24-hour wildlife tip line at 1-800-TIP-MONT (800-847-6668).

The 1-800-TIP-MONT program is a toll-free number where people can report violations of fish, wildlife or park regulations. Callers may remain anonymous. It is similar to the well-known Crimestoppers program and offers rewards for information resulting in conviction of persons who abuse Montana’s natural, historic or cultural resources.

 

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Seven Hunter Education Classes Set in Yellowstone County

image002BILLINGS — Seven hunter education classes and a field day for adult online students are set for September in Yellowstone County.

Anyone born after Jan. 1, 1985, must take a hunter education class to qualify for a Montana hunting license.

Students may pre-register online by visiting the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks website at http://fwp.mt.gov and following the links to “education” and “hunter education.”  Students must be at least 11 years old to register for the classes.

Here is the schedule of 2014 fall classes in Yellowstone County:

Laurel High School

Tuesday Sept. 2, 2014 – 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – registration and orientation

Sept. 8-12 – 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. – class

Sept. 13 – field day – Riverside Park

 

Lewis and Clark Middle School – chorus or auditorium

Monday Sept. 8, 2014 – 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – registration and orientation

Sept. 15-19 – 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. – class

Sept. 20 – field day, Lake Elmo State Park

 

Will James – cafeteria and adjoining classrooms

Monday Sept. 15, 2014 – 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – registration and orientation

Sept. 22-26 – 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. – class

Sept. 27 – field day, Lake Elmo State Park

 

Lockwood

Monday Sept. 8, 2014 – 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – registration and orientation

Sept. 15-19 – 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. – class

Sept. 20 – field day, Lake Elmo State Park

 

Shepherd High School

Monday Sept. 15, 2014 – 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – registration and orientation

Sept. 22-26 – 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. – class

Sept. 27 – field day, Lake Elmo State Park

 

 

Riverside – cafeteria, chorus or auditorium

Monday Sept. 15, 2014 – 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – registration and orientation

Sept. 22-26 – 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. – class

Sept. 27 – field day, Lake Elmo State Park

 

Castle Rock – cafeteria and adjoining classrooms

Monday Sept. 8, 2014 – 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – registration and orientation

Sept. 15-19 – 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. – class

Sept. 20 – field day, Lake Elmo State Park

 

Students younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to register. There is no maximum age and adult hunters, including parents, are encouraged to take the class and earn hunter education certification.

The classes teach Montanans to be safe, responsible and ethical hunters. The free classes are taught by certified volunteers and include a registration/orientation night, a full week of classes and a hands-on field day.Students must attend the registration night for orientation and to pick up class materials. Students must attend all sessions, pass the class and successfully complete field day activities to be certified.

Students older than 18 years old may take the class online and complete a special hands-on field day. To complete the class, go to http://fwp.mt.gov and follow the “education” and “hunter education” links. The field day for online students is set for 7 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at Riverside Park south of Laurel. Students who complete the online class will be directed to registration information for the field exercise.

 

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Stillwater, Treasure counties added to fire-restricted areas

image002BILLINGS — Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has banned campfires and restricted other fires at all fishing access sites and wildlife management areas in Stillwater and Treasure counties.

Tuesday officials in Stillwater and Treasure counties voted to issue Stage I restrictions, which ban campfires except where specifically exempted, and allow smoking only in vehicles and areas three feet in diameter that are cleared of flammable materials.

Montana FWP has no exemptions for campfires in fishing access sites and wildlife management areas in the two counties. People still may cook on an LP gas or propane stove that can be turned on and off.

The restrictions are in response to dry, warm weather that could increase the danger of human-caused wildfires. They will be in effect until further notice.

 

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Big Horn County added to list of areas where fires are restricted

image002BILLINGS — Big Horn County has been added to the list of areas in south central Montana where campfires are banned in state fishing access sites and wildlife management areas.

This week Big Horn County officials voted to impose Stage I restrictions, which ban campfires except where specifically exempted, and allow smoking only in vehicles and areas three feet in diameter that are cleared of flammable materials.

Montana FWP has no exemptions for campfires in fishing access sites and wildlife management areas in south central Montana. People still may cook on an LP gas or propane stove that can be turned on and off.

Last week Yellowstone and Carbon counties in south central Montana imposed the same restrictions. This week Carbon County strengthened its restrictions and now imposes Stage II rules. In addition to a ban on all campfires, Stage II restrictions impose “hoot owl” hours, which halt off-road travel, welding, explosives and other activities between 1 p.m. and 1 a.m. each day, except where specifically permitted.

In Big Horn County, the campfire ban and smoking restrictions apply to all fishing access sites on the Bighorn River from Yellowtail Dam to its confluence with the Yellowstone River.

The restrictions are in response to dry, warm weather that could increase the danger of human-caused wildfires. They will be in effect until further notice.

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Campfires Restricted at Yellowstone, Carbon County Sites

image002BILLINGS — Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has banned campfires and restricted other fires at all fishing access sites and wildlife management areas in Yellowstone and Carbon counties.

Monday officials in Yellowstone and Carbon counties voted to issue Stage I restrictions, which ban campfires except where specifically exempted, and allow smoking only in vehicles and areas three feet in diameter that are cleared of flammable materials.

Montana FWP has no exemptions for campfires in fishing access sites and wildlife management areas in the two counties. People still may cook on an LP gas or propane stove that can be turned on and off.

The restrictions are in response to dry, warm weather that could increase the danger of human-caused wildfires. They will be in effect until further notice.

 

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2014 Camp Mak-A-Dream Barbecue

Title: 2014 Camp Mak-A-Dream Barbecue
Location: Silos, Canyon Ferry Reservoir camp
Description: Barbecue from 5 to 7 p.m.,
at the Silos, Canyon Ferry Reservoir camp Sponsored by Walleyes Forever and Montana PikeMasters
Start Time: 17:00
Date: 2014-8-01

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PikeMasters/Rock Creek Marina club fun fishing weekend & fish fry

Title: PikeMasters/Rock Creek Marina club fun fishing weekend & fish fry
Location: Rock Creek Marina
Description: PikeMasters/Rock Creek Marina club fun fishing weekend & fish fry
Start Date: 2014-09-19
End Date: 2014-09-20

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